Formed in 2008, Graduate Kentucky is a statewide initiative that aims to lower the dropout rate in Kentucky. The Governor’s Office and First Lady Jane Beshear have teamed up with business and community leaders, parents, teachers, policy-makers and students to hold summits across the state in order to confront the issues that lead to a child’s decision to dropout of school.
Download the final report of the Graduate Kentucky State Steering Committee (PDF)
First Lady's Message
Dear Fellow Education Supporter,
For the past several years a group of dedicated supporters of education in Kentucky from all walks of life have gathered and worked tirelessly to bring both attention and solutions to the drop out crisis in Kentucky.
Since 2008, dedicated supporters of education in Kentucky from all walks of life have gathered and worked tirelessly to bring both attention and solutions to the drop out crisis in Kentucky.
The Graduate Kentucky initiative has been enormously successful due to the hard work and continued dedication of citizens who believe that the way to move Kentucky forward in the 21st century is to empower our children with a quality education. Graduate Kentucky endeavors to identify the issues that cause our children to drop out by working directly with the communities in which they live and then elevating their concerns and advice to decision-makers in Frankfort who can make substantive, legislative changes.
I want to thank all of the people across the Commonwealth who have already taken a vested interest in turning the tide on our dropout problem. Your interest and dedication truly help strengthen our state, one community at a time.
We will continue to fight to improve our graduation rate through measures such as raising Kentucky’s drop out age to 18, but we can not do it alone. We need the support of citizens and communities from across this commonwealth because this is about more than just a graduation age; it is about improving the lives our children and communities for generations to come. I hope you will continue this fight with us until we are victorious; our children deserve nothing less.
- Information for students to consider about the importance of education and staying in school
- Information for parents to help your children meet the education challenge
- Best practices of Schools across the Commonwealth accepting the challenge
- See how Communities throughout Kentucky can accept the challenge
- See How Your Business can accept the challenge and win with Kentucky